Immigration Law

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Slavery in America
Posted on 21 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Nov. 20, 2018 - "Defendants Michael Wood, 54, and Mary Wood, 46, of Mullica Hill, New Jersey, were sentenced yesterday in federal court to 20 months in prison and ordered to pay $46,320 in restitution to the victim in this case. A jury convicted... Read More

New Immigration Hope For Military Dependents, But Enlistment Hurdles Remain
Posted on 20 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Kathleen Welker, a spokeswoman for the Army Recruiting Command, confirmed the Army enlistment policy bars applicants who have spouses or children who are in the country illegally. The latest legal opinion from the command was formulated in 2010... Read More

Ohio Restaurant Owners Charged With Alien Harboring - Law360
Posted on 21 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Four owners of an Asian restaurant in Akron, Ohio, have been indicted on immigration charges alleging they employed a number of undocumented workers and paid them less than minimum wage, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Royal Buffet and Grill... Read More

Slavery, Visa Fraud & Harboring Charged in Texas: USA v. Nsobundu
Posted on 9 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Feb. 8, 2016 - "A couple residing in Katy has been taken into custody following the filing of a criminal complaint alleging forced labor, withholding documents, conspiracy to harbor an illegal alien and visa fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth... Read More

ICE Employee Accused of Harboring Immigrants
Posted on 15 Sep 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A federal immigration-enforcement employee has been arrested and accused of using her home in Douglas to stash [unauthorized] immigrants smuggled across the border into the U.S. Stella Peterson was arrested Aug. 31 after three [unauthorized] immigrants... Read More

Tags: Arizona , ICE , harboring

7-Eleven Harboring Case Yields Big Gulp for ICE: $4.9M
Posted on 24 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"According to court filings and facts presented in court, the defendants, who owned, managed, and controlled fourteen 7-Eleven franchise stores during the course of the conspiracies, allegedly hired dozens of illegal aliens, equipped them with more... Read More

MALDEF Files Lawsuit Challenging Texas Immigrant Harboring Law
Posted on 26 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MALDEF, Jan. 25, 2016 - " MALDEF filed a legal challenge to Texas House Bill 11's immigrant harboring provision, which targets workers at immigrant shelters and landlords who rent to undocumented immigrants. HB 11 creates a new felony offense... Read More

Army Spokesperson Says Soldiers With Undocumented Spouses Are 'Harboring'
Posted on 17 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"JUDE JOFFE-BLOCK, BYLINE: Margaret Stock is an immigration lawyer and a nationally known expert in military issues, and her phone has been ringing a lot lately. MARGARET STOCK: There's been a lot of confusion about whether people are allowed... Read More

Tags: stock , welker , harboring , Army

California Couple Sentenced for Smuggling, Harboring Aliens; 'Slave Labor'
Posted on 14 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Filipino workers arrived at LAX believing they had found good jobs caring for elderly patients in picturesque Paso Robles, Calif. But inside the converted ranch-style homes where they cared for aged residents, the immigrants worked 24-hour... Read More

Sanctuary Activists Risk Criminal Conviction - Kowalski
Posted on 18 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Jan. 17, 2017 - "Today's sanctuary movement is essentially a resurgence of a modern-day underground railroad that fanned out from southern Arizona decades ago. It became prominent in the 1980s as Central... Read More

Supreme Court declines to revive Arizona immigration law
Posted on 21 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Supreme Court on Monday declined to revive a provision in an Arizona law that sought to criminalize the harboring and transportation of illegal immigrants. The court's decision not to hear the state's appeal leaves intact an October... Read More

7-Eleven Stores Raided in Human Smuggling Probe, Indictments Unsealed
Posted on 17 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Nine owners and managers of 7-Eleven convenience stores were charged on Monday in a scheme to exploit immigrants from Pakistan, including some business-owners who used Social Security numbers of children and dead people on the workers' pay stubs... Read More

Construction Company Owners Sentenced for Alien Harboring, Tax Evasion
Posted on 9 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"John Cimino, age 55, of Doylestown, PA, Vice-President of LTCI, Limited, was sentenced yesterday in United States District Court to six months home confinement, twelve weekends in a residential reentry center, and three years of supervised release... Read More

La. Mushroom Farm Forfeits $1M in Harboring Guilty Plea, Post-I-9 Audit: USA v. M.D. Basciani & Sons, Inc.
Posted on 15 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

After an I-9 inspection resulting in the firing of many unauthorized workers, the company rehired workers under different names and/or using false documents. DOJ July 14, 2015 press release here . Factual Basis, Case 2:15-cr-00156-JCZ-JCW Document... Read More

Guilty Verdict in Federal Harboring Case
Posted on 10 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Annie George claimed she never knew the woman who lived with her family for 51/2 years was an [unauthorized] immigrant. A federal jury did not believe her. After eight-to-10 hours of deliberation over two days, the panel convicted George on Friday... Read More